The Need for and Approaches to Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship (CE Session)

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Date/Time: April 11, 2024 | 3:20- 3:40 pm ET

Outpatient antibiotic stewardship is imperative in safeguarding both individual patient well-being and public health. In this session the detrimental repercussions of inappropriate outpatient antibiotic prescribing will be explored, unraveling its cascading effects on antibiotic resistance and healthcare outcomes. The key approaches essential for effective outpatient antibiotic stewardship will be presented, equipping attendees with the knowledge to navigate this complex landscape. Additionally, the pivotal roles various healthcare stakeholders play in driving the expansion of outpatient antibiotic stewardship efforts, emphasizing the collaborative nature required for meaningful progress in this vital area of healthcare, will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the impact of inappropriate outpatient antibiotic prescribing on individual patients and public health;
  • List key approaches for outpatient antibiotic stewardship;
  • Identify the roles of different healthcare stakeholders in supporting the expansion of outpatient antibiotic stewardship efforts.

Target Audience: 

Nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, emergency responders, pharmacists, medical technologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, infection prevention specialists, data/quality specialists, and more.

Rachel Zetts, MPH

Senior Officer, Antibiotic Resistance Project

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Rachel Zetts, MPH, is a senior officer with the Pew Charitable Trust’s antibiotic resistance project, which supports efforts to spur the discovery of new antibiotics and ensure that these drugs are prescribed appropriately. Her work focuses on research and developing strategies and policies that will help improve stewardship of antibiotics in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare settings. A longtime member of Pew’s antibiotic resistance project, Ms. Zetts has written about and lectured on the need for increased antibiotic stewardship and solutions for a broken antibiotic development pipeline. Her work has been published in JAMA, Pediatrics, and Health Affairs’ blogs. Ms. Zetts holds a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from George Washington University.

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